Book of the Year Award – Creative Writing

Awarded for an outstanding book of African literature, whether novel,
non-fiction prose, play, or poetry collection, published in the preceding
calendar year by an African writer. The award comes with a $250.00 cash

2023 Winner: Nduka Otiono


Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2021

Honorable Mention: James Yéku ⎻ Where the Baedeker Leads (Mawenzi House Publishers)

2021 Winner: Benjamin Kwakye

Obsessions of Paradise

Cissus World Press, 2019


2020 Winner: Joyce Ash

Beautiful Fire

Spears Media Press, 2019


2019 Winner: Timothy Ogene

This Day Ends Like Any Day

Holland House Books, 2017


2017 Winner: Fatou Fanny Cissé

Madame la Présidente

Abidjan: NEI-CEDA, 2015


2016 Winner: Manu Herbstein

The Boy Who Spat in Sargenti's Eye

Accra: Techmate Publishers, 2014

Honorable Mention: Onyeka Iwuchukwu for our Honorable Member

2014 Winner: Pede Hollist

So the Path Does Not Die

London: Jacaranda, 2014


See this year's Call for Nominations in Announcements for the dates and details on the next competition.